Some Southern Favorites

Here's just some of our store's current and all-time Southern favorites.  Come on by the store to see our Southern section!

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061120084
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 23rd, 2006

Voted America's Best-Loved Novel in PBS's The Great American Read

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred


A Land Remembered Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781561641161
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Published: Pineapple Press - September 1st, 1996

A Land Remembered has been ranked #1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine.


The Blood of Heaven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121196
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Published: Grove Press - June 10th, 2014

The Blood of Heaven is the story of Angel Woolsack, a preacher's son, who flees the hardscrabble life of his itinerant father, falls in with a charismatic highwayman, then settles with his adopted brothers on the rough frontier of West Florida, where American settlers are carving their place out of lands held by the Spaniards and the French.


Wash Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802122032
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Published: Grove Press - November 12th, 2013

WINNER OF THE FLAHERTY-DUNNAN FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE 2014 CHAUTAUQUA PRIZE

One of Time Magazine's "21 Female Authors You Should Be Reading"
Named a Best Book of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal
A New York Times Editors' Choice
An O Magazine Top Ten Pick


All Over but the Shoutin' Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679774020
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Published: Vintage - September 8th, 1998

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year


Cold Sassy Tree Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618919710
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Published: Mariner Books - September 4th, 2007

The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around—fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he's aiming to marry the young and freckledy milliner, Miss Love Simpson—a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward—the news is served up all over town with that afternoon's dinner.


Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060594671
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2011

“The classic trifecta of talent, heart, and a bone-deep sense of storytelling….A masterful performance, deftly rendered and deeply satisfying. For days on end, I woke with this story on my mind.”
   — David Wroblewski

 


Gods in Alabama Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780446694537
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 13th, 2006

For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end.


One Mississippi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316012126
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 19th, 2007

You need only one best friend, Daniel Musgrove figures, to make it through high school alive. After his family moves to Mississippi just before his junior year, Daniel finds fellow outsider Tim Cousins. The two become inseparable, sharing a fascination with ridicule, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, and Arnita Beecham, the most bewitching girl at Minor High.


Mother of Rain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780881464481
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mercer University Press - September 30th, 2013

Savannah by the Sea (Savanah #3) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781595541604
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Published: Thomas Nelson - May 28th, 2006

First, I had to lie to my boss. (Sort of.) Then my parents had a fight. (They never fight.) The pint-sized lapdog that is treated better than I am has thrown up. (Twice.) This vacation hasn't even started...and I'm ready to go home.


Saving CeeCee Honeycutt: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143118572
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Published: Penguin Books - October 26th, 2010

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in Beth Hoffman’s New York Times bestselling Southern debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt


The Secret Life of Bees Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142001745
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings and the forthcoming novel The Book of Longings


We're Just Like You, Only Prettier: Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780312312442
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 1st, 2005

Why couldn't the Sopranos survive living down South? Simple. You can't shoot a guy full of holes after eating chicken and pastry, spoon bread, okra, and tomatoes.

What does a Southern woman consider grounds for divorce? When daddy takes the kids out in public dressed in their pajama tops and Tweety Bird swim socks. Again.


Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color On!: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters that the Rest of Y'all Should Know Too Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425221341
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Published: Berkley - May 6th, 2008

The host of All Things Southern shares the sass and strength of Southern mamas in this spunky guide to life.


The bestselling author of Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! returns with more helpful how-to's and keen observations from Dixie.


The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061136658
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Published: Ecco - June 30th, 2009

After fifteen years of living like a vagabond on her reporter's schedule, Julia Reed got married and bought a house in the historic Garden District. Four weeks after she moved in, Hurricane Katrina struck. The House on First Street is the chronicle of Reed's remarkable and often hilarious homecoming, as well as a thoroughly original tribute to our country's most original city.


The Help Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375707094
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Published: Vintage - March 27th, 2001

In this masterful debut, Martin Clark proves to be the heir apparent of great Southern raconteurs and the envy of more seasoned novelists as he takes us on a frantic tour of the modern south.


The Storycatcher Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781451692273
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Published: Gallery Books - September 10th, 2013

From the author of the “wonderfully crafted” (San Francisco Book Review) Ghost on Black Mountain comes a haunting gothic novel set in the Depression-era South about two young women who form an unlikely alliance when the spirit of a dead woman takes up residence in their home.

Shelly Parker never much liked Faith Dobbins, the uppity way that girl bossed her a


The Sunday Wife: A Novel Cover Image
By Cassandra King (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780786890446
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Published: Hachette Books - July 2nd, 2003

Married for 20 years to the Reverend Benjamin Lynch, a handsome, ambitious minister of the prestigious Methodist church, Dean Lynch has never quite adjusted her temperament to the demands of the role of a Sunday wife.


My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780848746391
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Published: Southern Living - September 15th, 2015

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the celebrated bestselling author of All Over but the Shoutin' and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the south.


The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206559
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Published: Penguin Press - May 16th, 2017

“The one food book you must read this year."
—Southern Living 

One of Christopher Kimball’s Six Favorite Books About Food


A people’s history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity and how race relations impacted Southern food culture over six revolutionary decades


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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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